Beyond Special Relativity: Looking for the Intrinsic Properties of Space-Time


Riccardo Zancan – Energy Engineering Student, University of Pisa (UNIPI), Via Angiolo Tommasi, Livorno (LI), Italy
Raul Tozzi – State Scientific High School “Federigo Enriques”, Regional School Office for Tuscany, Piazza Giacomo Matteotti, Livorno (LI), Italy

Series: Physics Research and Technology
BISAC: SCI061000

What is time? And space? How are these two apparently opposed elements indissolubly linked? This book starts from man’s intrinsic need to ask himself questions and elaborate answers, and tries to analyze, through a simple and intuitive physical-mathematical language, some aspects of Einstein’s Special and General Relativity, accompanied by equally clear and immediately understandable images. An interesting discussion of simultaneity and causality is presented together with the relativistic accelerated version of the original twin paradox.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Au Lecteur: A Philosophical-Literary Journey through Time and Space

Part I. Special Relativity

Subpart A. Towards Special Relativity

Chapter 2. Math Prerequisites

Chapter 3. The Crisis of Classical Physics: A Falling House of Cards

Chapter 4. Definitions, Postulates and Principles

Chapter 5. Where It All Began: The Light Clock

Chapter 6. The Lorentz Transformations

Chapter 7. Simultaneity and Causality

Subpart B. Special Relativity: Kinematics

Chapter 8. Lorentz-Minkowsky’s Spacetime

Chapter 9. The Accelerated Motion

Chapter 10. The Accelerated Twin Paradox

Part II. A Glimpse at General Relativity

Chapter 11. Gravitational Lensing and Proofs of General Relativity

Part III. Conclusion

Chapter 12. Relativity in a Nut

Part IV. Appendices

Appendix A. Hyperbolic Functions


About the Authors


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Raul Tozzi
Riccardo Zancan

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